Review: This Town Is Not All Right (This Town Is Not All Right #1)

Title: This Town Is Not All Right (This Town Is Not All Right #1)
Author: M.K. Krys
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Horror
Publisher: Penguin Workshop
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: August 11, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Driftwood Harbor may seem like an ordinarily boring, small New England town, but there’s something extremely strange and downright creepy happening within town limits.

Twins Beacon and Everleigh McCullough are moving from their home in sunny L.A. to Driftwood Harbor, a rainy fishing village in New England. If that wasn’t bad enough, there’s something strange about this town and the mysterious group of too-perfect students called The Gold Stars. After Everleigh is recruited into their ranks, Beacon must uncover Driftwood Harbor’s frightening secret before he loses his sister forever.

This Town Is Not All Right is the middle-grade horror debut from M.K. Kyrs (YA author Michelle Krys). Be prepared for a thrilling page-turner with a major mystery because the residents of Driftwood Harbor will do whatever it takes to keep their dark secrets from rising to the surface.


Teenage twins Beacon and Everleigh McCullough move from LA to a small New England town with their dad a year after the death of their older brother. They are all looking for a fresh start. Beacon notices immediately that people in the town are acting strangely. Soon after they start school, Everleigh becomes friends with the Gold Stars, an elite group. Her personality changes and she becomes a much more positive person, like the rest of the strange people in town. Beacon is scared of losing his sister, so he has to hunt for the secrets hidden beneath this town.

This was an incredibly fast-paced story. I love stories with a spooky atmosphere. This small town was so creepy and it had a history of a UFO landing. Since the story was fast-paced, it didn’t take long to find out what was happening.

The ending of this story was so intense. I love it when the plans keep changing and you can’t tell who’s on what side. I was holding my breath for the last couple of chapters, and I was shocked until the last page. I’m so glad I don’t have to wait a long time to read the sequel, because it was just published this week.

This Town Is Not Okay is a fast-paced young adult thriller!

What to read next:

This Town Is a Nightmare by M.K. Krys

Whispering Pines by Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski

Other books in the series:

  • This Town Is a Nightmare

Have you read This Town Is Not All Right? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

2 thoughts on “Review: This Town Is Not All Right (This Town Is Not All Right #1)”

  1. Even just from the title I thought “I MUST read this book!” – and your review confirmed my impression. I love good YA with a well-thought-out plot and mysterious happenings, so this one sounds like the perfect fit.

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